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Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal

German-style playing cards made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930

Above: German-style 'Whist No.32' playing cards made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930s. After the demise of Real Fabrica de Lisboa in 1870 Belgian and German exporters virtually took over the Portuguese and Brazilian markets and French-suited cards such as these became more popular. Image courtesy Sally McBurney.   See more →

Algarve Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977

Algarve Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977

Above: Algarve produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977  see more


Left and above: this is the most common design published by J. J. Nunes, which was issued for several decades. It is based on a German design.


Above: a copy of Dondorf's 'Four Continents' Patience.


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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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